Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.
There's a myth in plants that HART offers little for Plant Control Systems and Enterprise Level Networks. But Ed Ladd from the HART Communication Foundation writes that by accessing the data in HART devices on a "full-time" routine basis increases performance, integrity, and reliability of plant control and enterprise level systems.
Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
Companies, already having outsourced a lot of back office functions such as information technology (IT) and human resources management, now are targeting more central business functions, such as accounting and even R&D.
The theme for this years PIP Conference was Changing Times The Common Denominator. With over 140 registered attendees the conference included participants from member, subscriber, and licensee companies as well as other invited guests from the industry.
As the pharmaceutical industry has matured, concerns about the safe handling of drug compounds during the manufacturing process have increased. To meet exposure limits and protect batches from any kind of contamination, the industrys need for improved containment has increased.
Removing water or moisture from a liquid stream is a critical operation in many processes. Liquid stream dryers commonly contain either molecular sieves or adsorbents; during the last 20 years, the use of molecular sieves has become much more common.
Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
This years conference will feature 18 speakers, as well as panel discussions covering a wide range of topics of interest to automation users and suppliers, including ISA88 and ISA95. Keynote speakers will be Dave Beckmann and Ian Nimmo, both long-time veterans of the process control industry.